Should Norwich Half Marathon return to the city centre? – Have your say

PUBLISHED: 15:17 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:10 26 November 2012

Runners of every age and ability fight the strong winds in the 2012 Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon at the showground. Picture: Simon Finlay.

Runners of every age and ability fight the strong winds in the 2012 Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon at the showground. Picture: Simon Finlay.

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We want your comments on whether one of Norwich’s biggest sporting events should return to the city centre.

The summer of 2012 saw Norwich celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Lord’s Mayor Show and the Olympic Torch relay, each bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets and boosting the local economy by millions.

Calls have been made to use the City of Norwich Half Marathon as an opportunity to promote the city, with a route through the Norwich’s historic heart which could draw runners from across the country and encourage thousands of spectators to cheer on the runners.

The City of Norwich Half Marathon was held in the city from 1985 to 1992, before moving to its current home at the Norfolk Showground in 1993.

Laurie Hull, director of Active Norfolk and one of those backing the idea, said the crowds from a city-centre race would also be a boost to other businesses.

He said: “The advantage of holding it in the city centre is that it would draw crowds in. Other activities could then be held in the centre which people could go on to do.

“There was a discussion about holding the great east run in the city centre. People came and had a look and the idea was to run a half marathon or a 10k at night under lights.

“It would be good to run it in the city centre. It would attract people.”

What do you think? Would you like to see the Norwich Half Marathon back in the city centre? Leave your comments below.

You can see galleries of the 2012 Norwich Half Marathon, which was held yesterday, by following the link at the top right of this story. For a full supplement on this year’s race, see tomorrow’s Norwich Evening News.

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  • I ran my first Norwich half in 1992 and felt privileged to be able to run through the city to Chapelfield gardens. I have run many other city and town centre events around the country since and am always impressed and the welcoming attitude of the venue. Our local Kings Lynn 10K is a great example. I appreciate the work that CoNAC put into make the event happen and am confident they could organise the city centre event once more, but it is up to the city council to sanction and support this wonderful established event. It would certainly be an attraction to enter, but the event is so well organised already that it is a sell out anyway. It would be a great media event for the city also.

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    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I also ran in the early Half Marathons to Chapelfield and enjoyed them greatly, i also enjoy the new location at the showground. Unfortunately Health and safety and costs have greatly increased since then and the cost and paperworkinsurance required for the road closures etc required to run in the City Centre would be very high. I am on the committee of another local running club and our costs have increased a lot in the last few years due to this and we have the full support and help of our local council

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    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I quite agree with the majority of the voters that the City of Norwich Half Marathon should be brought back into the City centre as I'm sure so many more people will support the runners and give them a lot of encouragement. The other plus for having the race in the City centre would bring a lot more revenue for the shopkeepers and stall holders.

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    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I'd kept want go to do norwich half Marathon next year and i want to do for chairty as what i like to do. after i would might miss out on london full or half marathon run cos i isnt ready. but norwich might great ideas to me :)

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    christopher woodcock

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Why not? The city would be visibly celebrating and encouraging a healthy (outdoor + exercise) lifestyle, it can showcase our historic landmarks, it would bring a carnival atmosphere into the centre, and would attract family & friends of the runners - which would benefit shops and cafes. Isn't everyone a winner? (.. well, apart from in the race)

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    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I like many others enjoyed the experience of the Norwich Half Marathon, the first one for me since its beginnings in 198586. However I feel that the lack of building cover to act as a windbreak to the wind on the day was a major factor in deterring people from running who had registered. I personally would prefer a City based run and could see it would bring more people in as other things for especially the families as they wait for loved ones to complete the course!

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    Monday, November 26, 2012

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